An estimated quarter of a billion people, or around 5 per cent of the global adult population, used drugs at least once in 2015 (UNODC World Drug Report, 2017). Even more worrisome is the fact that about 29.5 million of those drug users, or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population, suffer from drug use disorders. This means that their drug use is harmful to the point that they may experience drug dependence and require treatment. Yet, with fewer than one in six persons with drug use disorders provided with treatment each year, the availability of and access to science-based services for the treatment of drug use disorders and related conditions remain limited. More than half of the world's population resides in cities, and that proportion is to reach two- thirds by 2050. Urban policymakers and practitioners, as well as other local stakeholders and civil society actors therefore have an instrumental role in providing drug prevention, treatment and care.
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